|Ford's Nucleon: Just don't get rear ended.|
Like the unlamented Nucleon, predictions about the future of domestic design have also been way off the mark. From the strange ideals of the Italian Futurists—architects who waxed rhapsodic over high voltage transmission towers, the smell of engine exhaust, and ditches filled with factory waste—to today's techies ceaselessly extolling "the internet of things", the future is often a place we’d rather laugh about than live in. Want a few examples? Here ya go:
|Fillippo Marinetti, the leader of the|
Futurist movement of the early 19th
Century, liked the smell of exhaust,
but was less keen on wood and fabrics.
|In New York's 1939 World's Fair Kitchen of the Future,|
appliances operated by themselves, leaving the homemaker
more time to wear low-cut gowns.
Today’s actual kitchens are a long way from this gee-whiz gadget worship. In fact, they’re so retrograde they’d make a ‘39 Fairgoer shiver: wooden cabinets remain the steadfast favorite of consumers, just as they always have been. And American appliance makers are now producing nostalgically-styled ranges, refrigerators, and washing machines that would look very much at home in the average prewar kitchen. In other words, back to the future.
|Disneyland's House of Tomorrow. To its sponsor,|
Monsanto, the home of the future would be 100% plastic.
And you thought their genetically modified foods were scary.
|Facebook may still exist in the future,|
but will you still like it?
Because even in the future, the more things change, the more they stay the same.